Working together to cover the uninsured [News, 3/31]

“D.C. Plan Could Aid Uninsured – New Taxes Would Help Pay for Care” (WaPo, 3/29) “aimed at an estimated 25,000 uninsured residents who are not eligible for Medicaid programs or the city’s Health Care Alliance.” “The city would subsidize about $21 million of the cost, with [WG member] CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield contributing $5 million and making their providers available.”
Horizon Foundation [WG member] donates $500,000 to Howard county’s program for uninsured (Balsun, 3/30)
Kaiser Permanente’s national obesity program signs up Prince George’s (WBJ, 3/28)
– @WG – April 3 – Health Working Group

Meet the D.C. Public Education Fund – DC Public Schools recently set up a separate organization to raise and receive private funding to support Chancellor Rhee’s reform efforts. It has applied for 501c3 status. (WaPo, 3/27)
– @WG – Tomorrow: The Promise & Perils of D.C. School Reform

BUSINESS – Donor gives D.C. Chamber of Commerce $1M for research center (WBJ, 3/28)

ARTS – When economy stumbles, fine art falls (BalSun, 3/30)

ENVIRONMENT The 20th Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup will be Saturday, April 5, 2008, 9am-12pm.

Proposal To Boost Housing In Fairfax (WaPo, 3/29) – “County Would Buy Foreclosures to Sell As Affordable Units” – Seems like a good idea from Mr. Connolly. Could other localities do this?

Play Ball! A New Era Dawns in Washington (WaPo, 3/31)
D.C. Residents Wait In Stadium’s Shadow – “Ward’s biggest fear is that the team and its owners won’t interact with the children who will grow up near a baseball stadium. She was able to get tickets for 22 neighborhood children for Saturday night’s exhibition game through a nonprofit group she founded to help them…“But I want more than just a game. I want them to have learning opportunities and life opportunities. The team can do this.” (WaPo, 3/31) It’s true, they could. Isn’t anything possible when baseball comes to town?